Police received a 911 call at around 1:50 a.m. over reports of a man with “severe trauma to the head” discovered on Bowery Street, The New York Times reported citing an NYPD spokesperson.
Not long after, a second man was found with similar head injuries. He was immediately transported to the hospital. Three additional men were found dead on Broadway and East Broadway.
A 24-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with the attack not far from the crime scenes. Police also found a 3-foot-long metal object that resembled a pipe.
Officials have not released the identities of the victims but said they were all believed to be homeless.
The suspect – also believed to be homeless – has not been charged yet.